Ryan Heller – The artist in the ensemble


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When Ryan Heller speaks – you sit up and listen! His wisdom mixed with his enthusiasm made Ryan Heller the ideal facilitator for our Area School this year. What a breath of fresh air  – a 3D breath that is!

Magic City Chorus was thrilled to host 62 singers from 6 choruses; Magic City Chorus (Saskatoon), Battleford Blend Chorus (North Battleford), Prairie Gold Chorus (Regina), River Hills Chorus (Wainwright), Alberta Heartland (Edmonton) , Hearts of Harmony (Red Deer) at the Radisson Hotel in beautiful downtown Saskatoon along the South Saskatchewan River. It’s always great to meet new people from other choruses and learn more about how others are doing in the region. We were also very excited to host Marsha Fulton, who attended the area school as a representative from Region 26. There were no strangers in this room, just friends we hadn’t met yet.

Magic City Chorus was lucky enough to be the demo chorus for the weekend. What a treat! The energy that Ryan brought to the weekend was AMAZING. Let me tell you a little more about the dynamic and talented Ryan Heller, he leads the International award-winning Sweet Adeline chorus, Pride of Portland! Along with the tremendous distinction of being Pride’s Master 700 Director, Ryan is the Artistic Director/Conductor of Chorus Austin (Austin, TX.) and Portland Vocal Consort (Portland, OR). His Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees are in conducting and vocal studies from Chapman University (Orange, CA) and Portland State University (Portland, OR). He is a much sought-after chorus and quartet coach, workshop speaker, and guest director.

Those who attended will have a picture in their mind for ever, of Ryan explaining resonance with a diagram of a head! We really enjoyed the anatomy and physiology lesson . For most, we weren’t really learning something new, it was just explained in a different way that we hadn’t heard before (mind blown), and made a lot of sense! Ryan’s ideas are great – his lessons will allow us all to change how we sing – for the better! There was lots of time to talk about and practice the concepts, nothing was rushed and the materials were very organized and useful to singers at all levels and stages.

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We love how Ryan talked about dynamics, instead of making a dynamic plan that makes no sense, tell the story and sing it like you would speak it, you will notice the natural dance of the dynamics in how you speak the words and it will form a natural dynamic flow which will enhance your performance through and though. The Area School was full of interesting topics, fun times, Ah-ha moments and lots of laughs! Thank you Ryan Heller from the bottom of our hearts. We will forever have our mouths open as we hear the pitch blown.

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Magic City 60th Anniversary


Sunday Oct 21st Magic City Chorus gathered together to celebrate their 60th anniversary by hosting a show and dinner. Over 50 Magic City Chorus Alumni were present to the SOLD OUT show and dinner. Quartets performed after dinner. Many stories and memories were shared.

Magic City Chorus 60th Anniversary Slide Show is now available for you to enjoy.

Area School – Ryan Heller


Area School 2018 Ryan Heller

Region 26 and Magic City Chorus are excited to present our fall vocal workshop with the dynamic and talented Ryan Heller. Ryan leads the International award-winning Sweet Adeline chorus, Pride of Portland! Along with the tremendous distinction of being Pride’s Master 700 Director, Ryan is the Artistic Director/Conductor of Chorus Austin (Austin, TX.) and Portland Vocal Consort (Portland, OR).

Ryan’s Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees are in conducting and vocal studies from Chapman University (Orange, CA) and Portland State University (Portland, OR). He is a much sought-after chorus and quartet coach, workshop speaker, and guest director.

Registration form in MS Word: SAI member registration form (1)

Registration form in PDF: SAI member registration form (1)

Registrations are transferrable but not refundable. Please register by Sept. 14 2018

Chorus’ will register with one registration form organized by someone in their chorus.

Cost is $50 for member, $25 for Youth Members and $75 for Non-Members

Please return completed registration form to Alanna King magiccitychorussk@gmail.com or 1230 Avenue Y North Saskatoon SK S7L 3L7 by Sept. 14 2018

Registrations can be paid by Etransfer or by Cheque made out to “Magic City Chorus”. See form for details.

Accommodations are not provided with registration. The area school will be held at Radisson Hotel, Saskatoon SK (405 – 20th Street East). If you’d like to book a room space has been blocked for us at a room rate of: Double Queen $119.00/ night. Call to make a booking 306-665-3322

Fees also do not include lunch so please bring your lunch with you or plan to go to a eating establishment close by. Mid-Town Plaza is close by which has a food court and there are many other restaurants in walking distance. You will have 1.5 hours for your lunch break.

If you do not belong to a chorus and need to register as an individual please contact Alanna directly at magiccitychorussk@gmail.com or call/text 306-220-2624

Tentative Schedule

Friday September 28th 2018 7:00-10:00PM
Put the best YOU in the UNIT
Big Ears: Analytical Listening

Saturday September 29th 2018 9:00AM-5:00PM
Warm Ups
Breath and Beyond
Demystifying Resonance
Lunch (on your own 1.5 hours)
Unleashing the Artist in you
Artistic Singing for any level

DCP TESTING: Contact Jill McLeod to arrange jillmle@telus.net

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Magic City Chorus Takes Home First Place


Magic City Chorus of Saskatoon Saskatchewan is honored to be the new Division A Champions for Region 26.

Magic City Chorus captured first place in the small chorus division at the regional Sweet Adelines International chorus competition held May 5 2018 at Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey, British Columbia.

Leading Magic City Chorus to victory was director Cheryl Pearce from Harris Saskatchewan. Cheryl has directed Magic City Chorus in Saskatoon for more than 12 years and was a member of the chorus before she became a director. Before taking the stage to compete Cheryl asked all members to “Sing to your friends”.

Since chartering in May 1958, the Magic City Chorus has had the opportunity to compete in several regional competitions and have come a long way since its first year competing. This year, the 30 member chorus performed onstage and wowed the judges and audience with a creative and musical entertainment package.

The Magic City Chorus is one of 8 Sweet Adelines International choruses that participated in the division A (Small Chorus) category at the regional competition. These choruses represent Maple Leaf Region 26 and included choruses from BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Magic City Chorus from Saskatoon was the only chorus to represent Saskatchewan this year.

The Magic City Chorus members range in age from 26-76, who all share a love for music and singing four-part barbershop harmony. The chorus holds weekly rehearsals on Tuesday Nights at St Paul’s United Church. To learn more about Sweet Adelines International and how to become a member of Magic City Chorus visit their Web site at www.magiccitychorus.com. More information is available on the International Web site by visiting, http://www.sweetadelineintl.org.

Sweet Adelines International is a musical force in the Canada and around the world. The organization is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma where it was founded in 1945. This nonprofit music education organization is one of the world’s largest singing organizations for women encompassing more than 25,000 members, 1,200 registered quartets and 600 choruses in most of the fifty United States, Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, The Netherlands and Wales.

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Magic City Show “Canada: One People, One Voice”


Magic City Chorus’ Saskatoon Show is coming up November 4th 2017 and we have a special treat for you! The show will have a Canadian Focus, amazing story line with a full cast and special guest artist!

Experience the tale of two sisters who discover a life time of Canadian treasures while going through their grandparent’s old trunk. The show will feature music from your favorite Canadian artists, like Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot, all remastered in 4-part a cappella for your enjoyment.

Magic City Chorus, directed by Cheryl Pearce, is a women’s 4-part a cappella show chorus affiliated with Sweet Adelines International. This chorus brings together women from across Saskatchewan with a large repertoire of classic barbershop style songs, folk music, and modern popular music. Magic City chorus is the school of choice for women who love to sing and perform. As a member of the audience, you will feel their passion shining through!
Our show will also include a guest performance from Joseph Naytowhow, a gifted Plains/Woodland Cree (nehiyaw) singer/songwriter, storyteller, and voice, stage and film actor from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation Band in Saskatchewan. As a child, Joseph was influenced by his grandfather’s traditional and ceremonial chants as well as the sounds of the fiddle and guitar. Today he is renowned for his unique style of Cree/English storytelling, combined with original contemporary music and traditional First Nations drum and rattle songs.

Tickets are now available at McNally’s Book Stores, online “See Us”, and from our chorus members.

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Region 26 Competition in Surrey BC

Region 26 Convention and Competition is approaching and we are so excited! Are you coming? It will be a jam-packed weekend and here are some of the highlights:


As the only all-Canadian Western region we will be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday at the 1st Night – Thursday April 27 (#canada150).

There will be an extra special meet and greet with our 2016 International Quartet Champions “Frenzy” on Friday April 28 in the Guildford Ballroom – Sheraton Guildford Hotel

There will be an amazing talent on stage throughout the weekend, and then a Parade of Champions April 29

If you are not able to make it in person, no problem! We are also providing first-ever Region 26 Webcast covering Quartet, Chorus and Parade of Champions. What a lineup of hosts and only one fee for access to the entire weekend!

Best to get all your details directly from the source http://www.region26.ca and Webcast region26webcast.com
See you there!


Learn to sing in perfect harmony


Learn to sing with Sweet Adalines and continue learning as long as you wish!

Magic City Chorus has a strong educational mission and Sweet Adalines international makes sure that women have opportunities to progress the spirit and sound of womens barbershop wether it be as a chorus or quartet.

In a recent interview our director Cheryl Pearce said “Our main focus is education, so it’s like coming to a singing lesson every week”. She also explained how she learned to be a director after she became a member and is continuing to learn through experience, coaching and workshops.

Magic City chorus has many reasons to celebrate tonight, as the first night of Region 26 contest is being held in our beautiful city. But one major achievement is for our very own Nancy Kanuka to be acknowledged for her recent completion of her Directors Certification.


When looking at the DCP (Director Certification Program) website it lists proficiency in the following skills:

Musical/Technical Management/Communication
Conducting Organizational Knowledge & Director
Analytical Listening Teaching
Judging Categories & Competition Management
Vocal Production Communication
Music Theory
Rehearsal Planning & Implementation

Online classes, exams, practice, coaching, the process of becoming a certified director takes guts, determination, and a serious dedication. When you talk to Nancy she says she is lucky to have an opportunity to practice her directing by leading vocal warm ups at Magic City practices but I think we all feel lucky. Nancy’s fun loving personality and attention to detail really motivated us to enjoy every moment.

Nancy Directing

Tonight Nancy will have an opportunity to lead the region in the exciting song “Fame” keeping up a good pace and driving tempo will be no problem for Nancy as her engery is endless!

Congratulations Nancy! You are an inspiration to us all.



Countdown to Contest!


By Alanna King

In 2015 we got the news that Region 26 would be holding the regional convention in our home town Saskatoon Saskatchewan. What a amazing honor! Not only can we invite our family and friends to watch us compete, the best aspect of a home town advantage. But also the trip to the west coast each year can be exhausting and expensive. Plus we would get to show off our beautiful city to all the Sweet Adelines in Western Canada! The reaction from our chorus members was ELECTRIC!

Shortly after we found out the contest would be in Saskatoon, our Captain Norma Wallace called out to chorus members to join the steering committee. I had never attended a contest before but I knew one thing for sure, I knew how hyped the already committee members were and the excitement was contagious so I signed on without a blink! I wanted this contest to be the best contest anyone had ever seen! and well.. the first one I had seen!

It didn’t take long until a Drop Box titled “Convention Steering Committee” was created and the first meeting was held on April 15 2015 at Norma’s House. One year before we would host. So many questions, so much potential, so much excitement! I knew it was going to be a rewarding and fun experience working with such a talented and enthusiastic team. All the positions on the team started to fill up and Norma’s kitchen table wasn’t big enough to host such a mighty team. Luckily for us Alice was able to secure us a meeting place at the Radisson Hotel downtown.

Working with representatives from all over the region was a real treat. Having Cathy Martin and Yvonne Meyer join us over Skype and Denise Lindenbach commute from Regina SK made me realize what a huge network of super stars I had stumbled into. All these women took dedication and commitment to a whole new level and it was very inspiring.

This weekend, after I have my chance to shine on stage, I plan on taking a moment to remember all the hard work and dedication these and many other Sweet Adelines put into making our organization the best organization around. Three Cheers for those who make the sky the limit!

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Chairperson – Norma Wallace, Convention Coordinator – Diane Ellis, Official Panel Liaison – Yvette Jaspar, Finance – Denise Lindenbach, Theatre – Karen Kirkland, Hotel – Alice Mulrain, Hotel Afterglow – Fran Gordon and Lydia Howell, Awards/Photography – Tracy Bitternose, Program – Yvonne Meyer, Public Relations – Dianne Martin, Registration – Nancy Kanuka, Risers – Agnes Ross, Secretary/Bulletins – Shelley Stevens, Show of Champions – Val Sheppard, Single Tickets – Adele Kerr, Transportation – Alanna King, RMT – Cathy Martin

Magic City has got what it takes!


What does it take? To compete in a regional chorus competition? Each year chorus’ all over the Sweet Adeline’s world prepare for their regional competitions with dreams of making it to the international stage. It’s more than just getting on to a stage and singing a song. It’s about the entire package! Dedication, Team Work, Building Skills, and Practice with Purpose to Perfect your Contest Package!

This is a special year for Magic City Chorus as the Regional Contest will be held right here at home in Saskatoon. A large Region like Maple Leaf 26 is spread across BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan and is often hosted as far west as you can get. This year will be great for the fans as they are welcome to take in the quartet, chorus and Show of Champions at the TCU Place in the heart of downtown.

We were fortunate enough to preform at the Ensemble fundraiser for Dress for Success this year! The charity helps women with applying for jobs and supplies women with professional clothing to get on their feet. We were so inspired by the name of the charity we built our own “Dress for Success” tradition. Each week leading up to contest we would all dress in the same colour, this will help us look and feel united the weeks leading up to a very special moment in time. The time we take the contest stage.